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22 Healthy Dinner Recipes

You'll find lower-fat and lower-calorie versions of casseroles, soups, stews, wrap, salads and more among our favorite healthy dinner options.

Herbed Salmon

Nervous to cook fish? Don't be. This recipe is a cinch to make, and you'll get all those healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon.

Herbed Salmon

Sunday Dinner Stew

You couldn't ask for a simpler dinner than this! Just four ingredients and only 300 calories per serving.

Sunday Dinner Stew

Baked Ratatouille Sausage Penne

What's the secret to keeping this pasta casserole as healthy as it is cozy? Lean turkey sausage, whole wheat pasta and just a sprinkling of cheese.

Baked Ratatouille Sausage Penne

Jerk Pork Wraps with Lime Mayo

Prepare pork shoulder in the slow cooker, then whip up dinner in a flash. The Lime Mayo topping uses fat-free mayo, so it doesn't add heaps of fat or calories.

Jerk Pork Wraps with Lime Mayo

Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken

Think this is loaded in fat and calories? Think again! Herb bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese make the coating on this oven-baked dish extra tasty.

Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken

Five-Spice Beef Kabobs

Red meat can be a part of a balanced diet if consumed in moderation. These kabobs use lean flank steak or boneless sirloin, and the sauce is made with healthy yogurt.

Five-Spice Beef Kabobs

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

By cutting the sour cream and adding black beans, we lowered the fat and boosted the protein and fiber in this healthy twist on a Mexican-restaurant standard.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Herbed Salmon

Nervous to cook fish? Don't be. This recipe is a cinch to make, and you'll get all those healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon.

Herbed Salmon

Chicken Breasts with Red Pepper Sauce

This unusual and tasty sauce gets its color from steamed, pureed red sweet peppers. Green beans, whole wheat pasta and lean chicken breast make it a hearty, nutrition-packed meal.

Chicken Breasts with Red Pepper Sauce

Sesame Orange Beef

This Asian-style stir-fry is loaded with sweet, orange-y flavor and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Sesame Orange Beef

Superfoods Salad

Load up on antioxidants with this colorful, berry-delicious salad!

Superfoods Salad

Spinach, Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Spinach and wild rice give a nutritional boost to traditional turkey and rice soup that simmers in your slow cooker. Use low-sodium condensed chicken soup and broth to make it even healthier.

Spinach, Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Curried Couscous with Vegetables

We used a preseasoned curry-flavor couscous mix so this slow-cooker vegetarian supper has only six ingredients. If you prefer a heartier meal, grill chicken breast to eat with the couscous or stir in a drained can of chickpeas for protein.

Curried Couscous with Vegetables

Lynn's Best Herb and Garlic Pork

Pair thin slices of this herb-rubbed lean pork top loin roast with steamed veggies or roast potatoes for a nutritious Sunday supper.

Lynn's Best Herb and Garlic Pork

Slow-Cooker Three-Bean Chili

This calico stew of fiber- and protein-packed beans is easy to make in your slow cooker, where it simmers with chocolate syrup and Cajun seasoning. Because it only has 1 gram of fat per serving, you can feel safe adding a small sprinkle of cheese or dollop of low-fat sour cream as a garnish without blowing your diet.

Slow-Cooker Three-Bean Chili

Grilled Chicken and Garden Veggie Penne with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Heaps of vegetables and healthy chicken breast make this a flavorful and low-fat choice for summer (or any time you get your hands on nice veggies). For extra nutrition, use whole wheat pasta.

Grilled Chicken and Garden Veggie Penne with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Kale Salad

Trendy kale is a nutritional powerhouse and much heartier than regular lettuce. This salad has lots of colorful veggies and a zesty Asian dressing. Pair it with a whole wheat roll for a satisfying light supper.

Kale Salad

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad with Walnut Pesto

This lower-calorie pasta salad features roasted vegetables, whole wheat penne pasta and homemade pesto. To turn it into a main dish, stir in a can of rinsed and drained white beans or add chunks of grilled chicken.

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad with Walnut Pesto

Chicken Taco Casserole

Sweet pepper and spinach bring lots of vitamins A and C to this Tex-Mex layered meal-in-a-dish.

Chicken Taco Casserole

Tomato-Lentil Soup

Lentils are an affordable and super-healthy protein source, and brown rice adds even more fiber. Don't skip the cider vinegar; it really brightens the flavors of the soup.

Tomato-Lentil Soup

Mushroom Goulash

Portobello mushrooms give a meaty texture to this slow-cooker spin on the classic supper dish.

Mushroom Goulash

Marinated Lime Shrimp

We created this dish as an appetizer, but it works great as a salad topper, too. Marinate cooked shrimp a couple hours before dinner, then drain and serve over lettuce with peppers, cucumber or whatever veggies you have on hand. Add tortilla strips for a crunchy finishing touch.

Marinated Lime Shrimp 

Italian Pasta Salad

A simple red wine vinegar dressing makes this pasta salad side dish lower in fat and calories than most deli pasta salads.

Italian Pasta Salad

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